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Safe Driving

For Safe Driving

The following pages explain your vehicle's safety features and how to use them 
properly. The safety precautions below are ones that we consider to be among the 
most important.

Important Safety Precautions

Always wear your seat belt

A seat belt is your best protection in all types of collisions. Airbags are designed to 
supplement seat belts, not replace them. So even though your vehicle is equipped 
with airbags, make sure you and your passengers always wear your seat belts, and 
wear them properly.

Restrain all children

Children ages 12 and under should ride properly restrained in a back seat, not the 
front seat. Infants and small children should be restrained in a child seat. Larger 
children should use a booster seat and a lap/shoulder seat belt until they can use the 
belt properly without a booster seat.

Be aware of airbag hazards

While airbags can save lives, they can cause serious or fatal injuries to occupants 
who sit too close to them, or are not properly restrained. Infants, young children, 
and short adults are at the greatest risk. Be sure to follow all instructions and 
warnings in this manual.

Don't drink and drive

Alcohol and driving don't mix. Even one drink can reduce your ability to respond to 
changing conditions, and your reaction time gets worse with every additional drink. 
So don't drink and drive, and don't let your friends drink and drive, either.

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Important Safety Precautions

Some states, provinces and territories prohibit the use 
of cell phones other than hands-free devices by the 
driver while driving.

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Important Safety Precautions

Safe Driving

Pay appropriate attention to the task of driving safely

Engaging in cell phone conversation or other activities that keep you from paying 
close attention to the road, other vehicles, and pedestrians could lead to a crash. 
Remember, situations can change quickly, and only you can decide when it is safe to 
divert some attention away from driving.

Control your speed

Excessive speed is a major factor in crash injuries and deaths. Generally, the higher 
the speed, the greater the risk, but serious injuries can also occur at lower speeds. 
Never drive faster than is safe for current conditions, regardless of the maximum 
speed posted.

Keep your vehicle in safe condition

Having a tire blowout or a mechanical failure can be extremely hazardous.
To reduce the possibility of such problems, check your tire pressures and condition 
frequently, and perform all regularly scheduled maintenance.

Do not leave children unattended in the vehicle

Children, pets, and people needing assistance left unattended in the vehicle may be 
injured if they activate one or more of the vehicle controls. They may also cause the 
vehicle to move, resulting in a crash in which they and/or another person(s) can be 
injured or killed. Also, depending on the ambient temperature, the temperature of 
the interior may reach extreme levels, which can result in harm or death. Even if the 
climate control system is on, never leave them in the vehicle unattended as the 
climate control system can shut off at any time.

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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features

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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features

The following checklist will help you take an active role in protecting yourself and 
your passengers.

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Your Vehicle’s Safety Features

Your vehicle is equipped with many features that 
work together to help protect you and your 
passengers during a crash.

Some features do not require any action on your part. 
These include a strong steel framework that forms a 
safety cage around the passenger compartment, 
front and rear crush zones, a collapsible steering 
column, and tensioners that tighten the front and 
rear outer seat belts in a sufficient crash.

However, you and your passengers cannot take full 
advantage of these features unless you remain seated 
in the correct position and always wear your seat 
belts. In fact, some safety features can contribute to 
injuries if they are not used properly.

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Safety Cage
Crush Zones
Seats and Seat-Backs
Head Restraints
Collapsible Steering Column
Seat Belts
Front Airbags

Side Curtain Airbags
Door Locks

Side Airbags

Seat Belt Tensioners

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Outer Lap Pretensioners

Knee Airbags

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Safety Checklist

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Safety Checklist

For the safety of you and your passengers, make a habit of checking these items 
each time before you drive.

After everyone has entered the vehicle, be sure all doors are closed and locked. 
Locking the doors helps prevent an occupant from being ejected and an outsider 
from unexpectedly opening a door.

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Locking/Unlocking the Doors from the Inside

 P. 183

Adjust your seat to a position suitable for driving. Be sure the front seats are 
adjusted as far to the rear as possible while allowing the driver to control the 
vehicle. Sitting too close to a front airbag can result in serious or fatal injury in a 
crash.

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Seats

 P. 216

Adjust head restraints to the proper position. Head restraints are most effective 
when the center of the head restraint aligns with the center of your head. Taller 
persons should adjust their head restraint to the highest position.

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Adjusting the Front Head Restraints

 P. 222

Always wear your seat belt, and make sure you wear it properly. Confirm that any 
passengers are properly belted as well.

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Fastening a Seat Belt

 P. 49

Protect children by using seat belts or child seats according to a child’s age, 
height, and weight.

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Child Safety

 P. 73

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Safety Checklist

If the door and/or trunk open message appears on 
the driver information interface, a door and/or the 
trunk is not completely closed. Close all doors and 
the trunk tightly until the message disappears.

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Warnings

 P. 135, 166

Continuously variable transmission models

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Seat Belts

About Your Seat Belts

Seat belts are the single most effective safety device because they keep you 
connected to the vehicle so that you can take advantage of many built-in safety 
features. They also help keep you from being thrown against the inside of the 
vehicle, against any passengers, or out of the vehicle. When worn properly, seat 
belts also keep your body properly positioned in a crash so that you can take full 
advantage of the additional protection provided by the airbags.

In addition, seat belts help protect you in almost every type of crash, including:

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frontal impacts

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side impacts

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rear impacts

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rollovers

Lap/shoulder seat belts

All five seating positions are equipped with lap/shoulder seat belts with emergency 
locking retractors. In normal driving the retractor lets you move freely while keeping 
some tension on the belt. During a collision or sudden stop the retractor locks to 
restrain your body.

The front passenger’s and rear seat belts also have a lockable retractor for use with 
child seats.

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Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/Shoulder Seat Belt

 P. 80

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About Your Seat Belts

If you extend the seat belt too quickly, it will lock in 
place. If this happens, slightly retract the seat belt, 
then extend it slowly.

Seat belts cannot completely protect you in every 
crash. But in most cases, seat belts can reduce your 
risk of serious injury.

Most states and all Canadian provinces and territories 
require you to wear seat belts.

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WARNING

Not wearing a seat belt properly increases 
the chance of serious injury or death in a 
crash, even though your vehicle has 
airbags.

Be sure you and your passengers always 
wear seat belts and wear them properly.

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About Your Seat Belts

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Proper use of seat belts

Follow these guidelines for proper use:

All occupants should sit upright, well back in the seat, and remain in that position 
for the duration of the trip. Slouching and leaning reduce the effectiveness of the 
belt and can increase the chance of serious injury in a crash.

Never place the shoulder part of a lap/shoulder seat belt under your arm or 
behind your back. This could cause very serious injuries in a crash.

Two people should never use the same seat belt. If they do, they could be very 
seriously injured in a crash.

Do not put any accessories on the seat belts. Devices intended to improve comfort 
or reposition the shoulder part of a seat belt can reduce the protective capability 
and increase the chance of serious injury in a crash.

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About Your Seat Belts

If a front or rear seat passenger moves around and 
extends the seat belt, the lockable retractor may 
activate. If this happens, release the retractor by 
unfastening the seat belt and allow the belt to retract 
completely. Then, refasten the belt.

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Front seats

The seat belt system includes an indicator on 
the instrument panel to remind the driver or a 
front passenger or both to fasten their seat 
belts.
If you set the power mode to ON and a seat 
belt is not fastened, a beeper will sound and 
the indicator will blink. After a few seconds, 
the beeper will stop and the indicator will 
come on and remain illuminated until the seat 
belt is fastened.

The beeper will periodically sound and the 
indicator will blink while the vehicle is moving 
until the seat belt is fastened.

Seat Belt Reminder

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Seat Belt Reminder

The indicator will also come on if a front passenger 
does not fasten their seat belt within six seconds after 
the power mode is set to ON.
When no one is sitting in the front passenger’s seat, 
the indicator will not come on and the beeper will not 
sound. The indicator also may not come on and the 
beeper may not sound when the occupant is not 
heavy enough to trigger the weight sensor. Such 
occupants (e.g., infants and smaller children) should 
be moved to the rear seat as a deploying front airbag 
likely will injure or kill them.

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Protecting Child Passengers

 P. 73

The driver information interface uses colors to aid the 
driver in checking the status of the passengers.
For the front seating positions:

Green indicates the seat belt is fastened.

An unfastened gray graphic indicates the seat belt 
is not fastened and an occupant has not been 
detected.

An unfastened red graphic indicates the seat belt is 
unfastened and an occupant has been detected.

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Rear seats

Your vehicle monitors rear seat belt use.
A driver information interface notifies you if 
any of the rear seat belts are unfastened after 
they were previously fastened.

In order to encourage the driver to evaluate 
rear seat belt usage, the display appears 
when:

Any of the rear passengers’ seat belts are 
unfastened when the power mode is 
turned to ON.

A rear door is opened and then closed.

Any of the rear passengers fastens or 
unfastens their seat belt.

The seat belt reminder indicator blinks and 
beeper sounds if any rear passenger’s seat belt 
is unfastened while driving.

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Seat Belt Reminder

The system will not detect a passenger in the rear 
seats who has not fastened the seat belt.
The driver should check the status of the rear 
passengers’ seat belts at the start of each trip and 
each time a passenger is seated in the rear seats, 
using the driver information interface as an aid.
An alert will sound if a passenger in the rear seats 
unfastens the seat belt while the vehicle is in motion 
or if motion resumes while the graphic is red.

The driver information interface uses colors to aid the 
driver in checking the status of the passengers.
For the rear seating positions:

Green indicates the seat belt is fastened.

An unfastened gray graphic indicates the seat belt 
has not been fastened recently.

An unfastened red graphic indicates the seat belt 
was unfastened recently.

The system does not monitor harnesses that are part 
of a child seat, the anchors of the LATCH system, or 
the anchor buckle of the rear center seat belt.
While the system can inform you that a seat belt 
buckle is fastened, it cannot determine whether the 
rear center seat belt anchor buckle is in use or if a 
child seat is properly installed or used.

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Protecting Child Passengers

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: Latched

: Unlatched

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About Your Seat Belts

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The front seats and the outer rear seats are equipped with automatic seat belt 
tensioners to enhance safety.

The tensioners automatically tighten the front seat belts and the outer rear seat belts 
during a moderate-to-severe frontal collision, sometimes even if the collision is not 
severe enough to inflate the front airbags or the front knee airbags.

Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners

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Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners

The seat belt tensioners can only operate once.
If a tensioner is activated, the SRS indicator will come 
on. Have a dealer replace the tensioner and 
thoroughly inspect the seat belt system as it may not 
offer protection in a subsequent crash.

During a moderate-to-severe side impact, the 
tensioner on both sides of the vehicle also activates.

Front seats

Outer rear seats

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Fastening a Seat Belt

After adjusting a front seat to the proper position, and while sitting upright and well 
back in the seat:

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Seats

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Pull the seat belt out slowly.

2.

Insert the latch plate into the buckle, then 
tug on the belt to make sure the buckle is 
secure.

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Make sure that the belt is not twisted or 
caught on anything.

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Fastening a Seat Belt

No one should sit in a seat with an inoperative seat 
belt or one that does not appear to be working 
correctly. Using a seat belt that is not working 
properly may not protect the occupant in a crash. 
Have a dealer check the belt as soon as possible.

Never insert any foreign objects into the buckle or 
retractor mechanism.

If the seat belt appears to be locked in a fully 
retracted position, firmly pull out on the shoulder belt 
once, then push it back in.
Then, smoothly pull it out of the retractor and fasten. 
If you are unable to release the seat belt from a fully 
retracted position, do not allow anyone to sit in the 
seat, and take your vehicle to a dealer for repair.

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About Your Seat Belts

 P. 44

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Seat Belt Inspection

 P. 52

Pull out slowly.

Correct 
Seated 
Posture.

Latch 
Plate

Buckle

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3.

Position the lap part of the belt as low as 
possible across your hips, then pull up on 
the shoulder part of the belt so the lap part 
fits snugly. This lets your strong pelvic 
bones take the force of a crash and reduces 
the chance of internal injuries.

4.

If necessary, pull up on the belt again to 
remove any slack, then check that the belt 
rests across the center of your chest and 
over your shoulder. This spreads the forces 
of a crash over the strongest bones in your 
upper body.

The front seats have adjustable shoulder anchors to accommodate taller and shorter 
occupants.

1.

Move the anchor up and down while 
holding the release button.

2.

Position the anchor so that the belt rests 
across the center of your chest and over 
your shoulder.

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Fastening a Seat Belt

To release the belt, push the red 

PRESS

 button and 

then guide the belt by hand until it has retracted 
completely.
When exiting the vehicle, be sure the belt is properly 
stowed so that it will not get caught in the closing door.

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WARNING

Improperly positioning the seat belts can 
cause serious injury or death in a crash.

Make sure all seat belts are properly 
positioned before driving.

Lap belt 
as low as 
possible

Adjusting the Shoulder Anchor

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Adjusting the Shoulder Anchor

After an adjustment, make sure that the shoulder 
anchor position is secure.

The shoulder anchor height can be adjusted to four 
levels. If the belt contacts your neck, lower the height 
one level at a time.

Push

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If you are pregnant, the best way to protect yourself and your unborn child when 
driving or riding in a vehicle is to always wear a seat belt and keep the lap part of the 
belt as low as possible across the hips.

Advice for Pregnant Women

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Advice for Pregnant Women

Each time you have a checkup, ask your doctor if it is 
okay for you to drive.

To reduce the risk of injuries to both you and your 
unborn child that can be caused by an inflating front 
airbag:

When driving, sit upright and adjust the seat as far 
back as possible while allowing full control of the 
vehicle.

When sitting in the front passenger's seat, adjust 
the seat as far back as possible.

Wear the shoulder belt 
across the chest avoiding 
the abdomen.

Wear the lap part of the 
belt as low as possible 
across the hips.

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Seat Belt Inspection

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Seat Belt Inspection

Regularly check the condition of your seat belts as follows:

Pull each belt out fully, and look for frays, cuts, burns, and wear.

Check that the latch plates and buckles work smoothly and the belts retract 
easily.

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If a belt does not retract easily, cleaning the belt may correct the problem. Only 
use a mild soap and warm water. Do not use bleach or cleaning solvents. Make 
sure the belt is completely dry before allowing it to retract.

Any belt that is not in good condition or working properly will not provide proper 
protection and should be replaced as soon as possible.
A belt that has been worn during a crash may not provide the same level of 
protection in a subsequent crash. Have your seat belts inspected by a dealer after 
any collision.

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Seat Belt Inspection

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WARNING

Not checking or maintaining seat belts can 
result in serious injury or death if the seat 
belts do not work properly when needed.

Check your seat belts regularly and have 
any problem corrected as soon as possible.

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Airbags

Airbag System Components

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Airbag System Components

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The front, front knee, side, and side curtain 
airbags are deployed according to the 
direction and severity of impact. Both side 
curtain airbags are deployed in a rollover. 
The airbag system includes:

a

Two SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) 
front airbags. The driver’s airbag is stored 
in the center of the steering wheel; the 
front passenger’s airbag is stored in the 
dashboard. Both are marked 

SRS 

AIRBAG

.

b

Two knee airbags. The driver's knee 
airbag is stored under the steering 
column; the front passenger's knee 
airbag is stored under the glove box. 
Both are marked 

SRS AIRBAG

.

c

Four side airbags, one for the driver, one 
for the front passenger and one each for 
the rear outboard occupants. The front 
airbags are stored in the outer edges of 
the seat-backs and the rear airbags are 
stored next to the outer rear seating 
positions. All are marked 

SIDE AIRBAG

.

d

Two side curtain airbags, one for each 
side of the vehicle. The airbags are stored 
in the ceiling, above the side windows. 
The front and rear pillars are marked 

SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG

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An electronic control unit that, when the 
power mode is in ON, continually 
monitors information about the various 
impact sensors, seat and buckle sensors, 
rollover sensor, airbag activators, seat 
belt tensioners, and other vehicle 
information. During a crash event the 
unit can record such information.

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Automatic seat belt tensioners for the 
front seats and outer rear seats. In 
addition, the driver’s and front 
passenger’s seat belt buckles incorporate 
sensors that detect whether or not the 
belts are fastened.

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Driver’s seat position sensor. This sensor 
detects the driver’s seat slide position to 
help determine the optimal deployment 
of the driver’s airbag.

h

Weight sensors in the front passenger’s 
seat. The sensors are used for occupant 
classification to activate or deactivate the 
front passenger’s airbag.

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Impact sensors that can detect a 
moderate-to-severe front or side impact.

j

An indicator on the center console that 
alerts you that the front passenger’s front 
airbag has been turned off.

k

An indicator on the instrument panel that 
alerts you to a possible problem with your 
airbag system or seat belt tensioners.

l

A rollover sensor that can detect if your 
vehicle is about to roll over and signal the 
control unit to deploy both side curtain 
airbags.

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Airbags can pose serious hazards. To do their job, airbags must inflate with 
tremendous force. So, while airbags help save lives, they can cause burns, bruises, 
and other minor injuries, sometimes even fatal ones if occupants are not wearing 
their seat belts properly and sitting correctly.

What you should do:

 Always wear your seat belt properly and sit upright and as 

far back from the steering wheel as possible while allowing full control of the 
vehicle. A front passenger should move their seat as far back from the dashboard as 
possible.

Remember, however, that no safety system can prevent all injuries or deaths that 
can occur in a severe crash, even when seat belts are properly worn and the airbags 
deploy.

Do not place hard or sharp objects between yourself and a front airbag.

 

Carrying hard or sharp objects on your lap, or driving with a pipe or other sharp 
object in your mouth, can result in injuries if your front airbag inflates.

Do not attach or place objects on the front and front knee airbag covers.

 

Objects on the covers marked 

SRS AIRBAG

 could interfere with the proper 

operation of the airbags or be propelled inside the vehicle and hurt someone if the 
airbags inflate.

Important Facts About Your Airbags

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Important Facts About Your Airbags

Do not attempt to deactivate your airbags. Together, 
airbags and seat belts provide the best protection.

When driving, keep hands and arms out of the 
deployment path of the front airbag by holding each 
side of the steering wheel. Do not cross an arm over 
the airbag cover.

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Types of Airbags

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Types of Airbags

Your vehicle is equipped with four types of airbags:

Front airbags: 

Airbags in front of the driver’s and front passenger’s seats.

Knee airbags:

 Airbags under the steering column and under the glove box.

Side airbags: 

Airbags in the driver's and front passenger's outer seat-backs and 

next to the outer rear seating positions.

Side curtain airbags: 

Airbags above the side windows.

Each is discussed in the following pages.

Front Airbags (SRS)

The front SRS airbags inflate in a moderate-to-severe frontal collision to help protect 
the head and chest of the driver and/or front passenger.

SRS

 (Supplemental Restraint System) indicates that the airbags are designed to 

supplement seat belts, not replace them. Seat belts are the occupant's primary 
restraint system.

The front airbags are housed in the center of the steering wheel for the driver, and 
in the dashboard for the front passenger. Both airbags are marked 

SRS AIRBAG

.

Housing Locations

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Types of Airbags

The airbags can inflate whenever the power mode is 
in ON.

After an airbag inflates in a crash, you may see a 
small amount of smoke. This is from the combustion 
process of the inflator material and is not harmful. 
People with respiratory problems may experience 
some temporary discomfort. If this occurs, get out of 
the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Front Airbags (SRS)

During a frontal crash severe enough to cause one or 
both front airbags to deploy, the airbags can inflate 
at different rates, depending on the severity of the 
crash, whether or not the seat belts are latched, and/
or other factors. Frontal airbags are designed to 
supplement the seat belts to help reduce the 
likelihood of head and chest injuries in frontal 
crashes.

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Front airbags are designed to inflate during moderate-to-severe frontal collisions. 
When the vehicle decelerates suddenly, the sensors send information to the control 
unit which signals one or both front airbags to inflate.

A frontal collision can be either head-on or angled between two vehicles, or when a 
vehicle crashes into a stationary object, such as a concrete wall.

While your seat belt restrains your torso, the 
front airbag provides supplemental protection 
for your head and chest.

The front airbags deflate immediately so that 
they won't interfere with the driver's visibility 
or the ability to steer or operate other 
controls.

The total time for inflation and deflation is so fast that most occupants are not 
aware that the airbags deployed until they see them lying in front of them.

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Although the driver's and front passenger's airbags 
normally inflate within a split second of each other, it 
is possible for only one airbag to deploy. This can 
happen if the severity of a collision is at the margin, 
or threshold, that determines whether or not the 
airbags will deploy. In such cases, the seat belt will 
provide sufficient protection, and the supplemental 
protection offered by the airbag would be minimal.

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When front airbags should not deploy

Minor frontal crashes: 

Front airbags were designed to supplement seat belts and 

help save lives, not to prevent minor scrapes, or even broken bones that might occur 
during a less than moderate-to-severe frontal crash.

Side impacts: 

Front airbags can provide protection when a sudden deceleration 

causes a driver or front passenger to move toward the front of the vehicle. Side 
airbags and side curtain airbags have been specifically designed to help reduce the 
severity of injuries that can occur during a moderate-to-severe side impact which 
can cause the driver or passenger to move toward the side of the vehicle.

Rear impacts: 

Head restraints and seat belts are your best protection during a rear 

impact. Front airbags cannot provide any significant protection and are not designed 
to deploy in such collisions.

Rollovers: 

In a rollover, your best form of protection is a seat belt or, if your vehicle 

is equipped with a rollover sensor, both a seat belt and a side curtain airbag. Front 
airbags, however, are not designed to deploy in a rollover as they would provide 
little if any protection.

When front airbags deploy with little or no visible damage

Because the airbag system senses sudden deceleration, a strong impact to the 
vehicle framework or suspension might cause one or more of the airbags to deploy. 
Examples include running into a curb, the edge of a hole, or other low fixed object 
that causes a sudden deceleration in the vehicle chassis. Since the impact is 
underneath the vehicle, damage may not be readily apparent.

When front airbags may not deploy, even though exterior damage 
appears severe

Since crushable body parts absorb crash energy during an impact, the amount of 
visible damage does not always indicate proper airbag operation. In fact, some 
collisions can result in severe damage but no airbag deployment because the airbags 
would not have been needed or would not have provided protection even if they 
had deployed.

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The airbags have advanced features to help reduce the likelihood of airbag related 
injuries to smaller occupants.

The driver’s advanced airbag system includes a 
seat position sensor.

Based on information from this sensor and the 
severity of the impact, the advanced airbag 
system determines the optimal deployment of 
the driver’s airbag.

The front passenger’s advanced airbag system 
has weight sensors. The sensors are used for 
occupant classification to activate or 
deactivate the front passenger’s airbag.

For adult size occupants, the system will 
automatically activate the front passenger’s 
airbag. If a small adult sits in the front 
passenger seat and the system does not 
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If there is a problem with the driver’s seat position 
sensor or the passenger’s seat weight sensors, the 
SRS indicator will come on, and in the event of a 
crash, the airbag will deploy (regardless of the driver’s 
seating position or passenger’s occupant 
classification) with a force corresponding to the 
severity of the impact.

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For the advanced front airbags to work properly, 
confirm that:

The occupant is sitting in an upright position, 
wearing the seat belt properly and the seat-back is 
not excessively reclined.

The occupant is not leaning against the door or 
center console.

The occupant’s feet are placed on the floor in front 
of them.

There are no objects hanging from the front 
passenger’s seat. 

Only small, lightweight objects are in the seat-back 
pocket.

The steering wheel and passenger’s side dashboard 
are not obstructed by any object.

No liquid has been spilled on or under the seat.

Driver’s 
Seat 
Position 
Sensor

Passenger’s 
Seat 
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We advise against allowing a child age 12 or under to ride in the front passenger’s 
seat. However, if you do allow a small child or infant to ride in the front passenger’s 
seat, the system is designed to automatically deactivate the front passenger’s airbag. 
Do not let a small child or infant ride in the front passenger’s seat if the airbag does 
not automatically deactivate.

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There is no child seat or other object pressing 
against the rear of the seat or seat-back.

There is no rear passenger pushing or pulling on 
the back of the front passenger’s seat.

There are no objects placed under or beside the 
front passenger’s seat. Improperly positioned 
objects can interfere with the advanced airbag 
sensors.

The head restraint is not contacting the roof. 

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The floor mat behind the front passenger’s seat is 
set in the correct position evenly on the floor. An 
improperly placed mat can interfere with the 
advanced airbag sensors.

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Knee Airbags

The knee SRS airbags inflate in a moderate-to-severe frontal collision to help keep 
the driver and/or front passenger in the proper position and to help maximize the 
benefit provided by the vehicle’s other safety features.

SRS

 (Supplemental Restraint System) indicates that the airbag is designed to 

supplement seat belts, not replace them. Seat belts are the occupant’s primary 
restraint system.

The knee airbag for the driver and the one for 
the front passenger are housed under the 
steering column and the glove box 
respectively.

Both are marked 

SRS AIRBAG

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Do not attach accessories on or near a knee airbag as 
they can interfere with the proper operation of the 
airbag, or even hurt someone if the airbag inflates.

The driver and front passenger should not store any 
items under the seat or behind their feet. The items 
can interfere with proper airbag deployment in the 
event of a moderate to severe frontal collision and 
may result in inadequate protection.

Housing 
Location

Housing 
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The driver’s and front passenger’s knee airbag 
deploy at the same time as the driver’s and 
front passenger’s airbag respectively.

Operation

When 
inflated

Knee 
Airbag

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inflated

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When knee airbag deploys with little or no visible damage

Because the airbag system senses sudden deceleration, a strong impact to the 
vehicle framework or suspension might cause one or more of the airbags to deploy.
Examples include running into a curb, the edge of a hole, or other low fixed object 
that causes a sudden deceleration in the vehicle chassis. Since the impact is 
underneath the vehicle, damage may not be readily apparent.

When knee airbag may not deploy, even though exterior damage appears 
severe

Since crushable body parts absorb crash energy during an impact, the amount of 
visible damage does not always indicate proper airbag operation. In fact, some 
collisions can result in severe damage but no airbag deployment because the airbags 
would not have been needed or would not have provided protection even if they 
had deployed.

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Side Airbags

The side airbags help protect the torso and pelvis of the driver, front passenger, or 
an outer rear seat occupant during a moderate-to-severe side impact.

The side airbags are housed in the outside 
edge of the driver’s and passenger’s seat-
backs and next to the outer rear seating 
positions.

Each are marked 

SIDE AIRBAG

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Make sure you, your front seat passenger and rear 
outboard occupants always sit upright. Leaning into 
the path of a side airbag can prevent the airbag from 
deploying properly and increases your risk of serious 
injury.

Do not attach accessories on or near the side airbags. 
They can interfere with the proper operation of the 
airbags, or hurt someone if an airbag inflates.

Do not cover or replace the seat-back covers without 
consulting a dealer.
Improperly replacing or covering seat-back covers can 
prevent your side airbags from properly deploying 
during a side impact.

Housing 
Location

Housing 
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When the sensors detect a moderate-to-
severe side impact, the control unit signals the 
side airbag on the impact side to immediately 
inflate.

Operation

When 
inflated

Side 
Airbag

When 
inflated

Side 
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When a side airbag deploys with little or no visible damage

Because the airbag system senses sudden acceleration, a strong impact to the side 
of the vehicle’s framework can cause a side airbag to deploy. In such cases, there 
may be little or no damage, but the side impact sensors detected a severe enough 
impact to deploy the airbag.

When a side airbag may not deploy, even though visible damage appears 
severe

It is possible for a side airbag not to deploy during an impact that results in 
apparently severe damage. This can occur when the point of impact was toward the 
far front or rear of the vehicle, or when the vehicle’s crushable body parts absorbed 
most of the crash energy. In either case, the side airbag would not have been 
needed nor provided protection even if it had deployed.

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Side Curtain Airbags

The side curtain airbags help protect the heads of the driver and passengers in the 
outer seating positions during a moderate-to-severe side impact. The side curtain 
airbags equipped in this vehicle are also designed to help reduce the likelihood of 
partial and complete ejection of vehicle occupants through side windows in crashes, 
particularly rollover crashes.

The side curtain airbags are located in the 
ceiling above the side windows on both sides 
of the vehicle.

The side curtain airbag is designed to deploy 
in a rollover or a moderate-to-severe side 
impact.

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To get the best protection from the side curtain 
airbags, occupants should wear their seat belts 
properly and sit upright and well back in their seats.

Do not attach any objects to the side windows or roof 
pillars as they can interfere with the proper operation 
of the side curtain airbags.

If the impact is on the passenger’s side, the 
passenger’s side curtain airbag deploys even if there 
are no occupants on that side of the vehicle.

If the SRS control unit senses that your vehicle is 
about to rollover, it immediately deploys both side 
curtain airbags and activates the seat belt tensioners 
for the front seats and outer rear seats.

Side Curtain Airbag Storage

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When side curtain airbags deploy in a frontal collision

One or both side curtain airbags may also inflate in a moderate-to-severe angled 
frontal collision.

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Airbag System Indicators

If a problem occurs in the airbag system, the SRS indicator will come on and a 
message appears on the driver information interface.

When the power mode is set to ON

The indicator comes on for a few seconds, 
then goes off. This tells you the system is 
working properly.

If the indicator comes on at any other time, or does not come on at all, have the 
system checked by a dealer as soon as possible. If you don’t, your airbags and seat 
belt tensioners may not work properly when they are needed.

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WARNING

Ignoring the SRS indicator can result in 
serious injury or death if the airbag systems 
or tensioners do not work properly.

Have your vehicle checked by a dealer as 
soon as possible if the SRS indicator alerts 
you to a possible problem.

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When the passenger airbag off 
indicator comes on

The indicator comes on to alert you that the 
passenger’s airbag has been turned off.
This occurs if the seat is empty or when the 
weight sensors determine that a small child or 
infant is on the passenger seat.

Children age 12 or under should always ride properly restrained in a back seat.

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If the indicator is on, in the event of a crash the passenger’s airbag will not deploy. 
The passenger’s knee airbag will not deploy, either.

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To ensure the passenger is detected properly, confirm 
that:

The occupant is sitting in an upright position, 
wearing the seat belt properly and the seat-back is 
not excessively reclined.

The occupant is not leaning against the door or 
center console.

The occupant’s feet are placed on the floor in front 
of them.

There are no objects hanging from the front 
passenger’s seat.

Only small, lightweight objects are in the seat-back 
pocket.

No liquid has been spilled on or under the seat.

There is no child seat or other object pressing 
against the rear of the seat or seat-back.

There is no rear passenger pushing or pulling on 
the back of the front passenger’s seat.

There are no objects placed under or beside the 
front passenger’s seat. Improperly positioned 
objects can interfere with the advanced airbag 
sensors.

The floor mat behind the front passenger’s seat is 
set in the correct position evenly on the floor. An 
improperly placed mat can interfere with the 
advanced airbag sensors.

The head restraint is not contacting the roof.

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